Paul made his way overland as far as Ephesus, where he found a number of disciples. When he asked, “Did your receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” they answered. “No, we were never told there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit.” Then how were you baptised?” he asked. “With John’s baptism” they replied. “John’s baptism said Paul “was a baptism of repentance; but he insisted that the people should believe in the one who was to come after him – in other words Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the moment Paul had laid hands on them the Holy Spirit came down on them and they began to speak with tongues and prophesy. There were about twelve of these men. Acts 19 : 1-8
Dear children, In this time, I call you all to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit upon every baptised creature, so that the Holy Spirit may renew you all and lead you on the way of witnessing your faith – you and all those who are far from God and his love. I am with you and intercede for you before the Most High. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, May 25, 2009
• In this message Our Lady calls us also to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit upon every baptised creature. We have become the children of God through baptism and have entered into communion with Jesus and his act of redemption. Our Lady calls us to pray because prayer is a means that opens our hearts so that the Spirit of God can operate in it. Opening up to the Holy Spirit leads to a renewal of spiritual life, encouraging us to bear witness to our faith. We Christians have been called to be carriers of the message of God in this world, of the Word of God, and to spread the acts of the love of God. Mary, our mother and intercessor, the teacher of prayer to the Holy Spirit, helps us to do this. Together with Mary we pray that the Spirit of the Truth and Love operates in us and around us, that it teaches us and makes us stronger in order for us to live a new life doing the will of God.
Fr Danko Perutina OFM
Dear Mother Mary, thank you for calling us once again to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit so that we may be renewed and so able to witness our faith. Thank you for interceding for us before the Most High and for being present amongst us even when we are far from God. Amen